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Finance Committee calls for channeling of sanitation levy into Recycling plants

A member of the Finance Committee in Parliament, Mr. Yussif Issaka Jahah, has called on the government to channel the GHC0.10 pesewas, Sanitation Levy, into securing recycling plants and other profitable ways that can help address the sanitation menace in the country.

According to him, the government has a responsibility to ensure that Ghanaians get value for taxes they are made to pay.

“We need to call on the attention of the government to channel the environmental levy into aspects of sanitation such as this here [Kumasi Compost and Recycling Plant (KCARP)] that will help us, once it is a canker every government tries to address, ways and means must be found to address it, for all challenges associated with sanitation must be a thing of the past,” he stressed.

The levy is for GHC0.10 pesewas on the price per litre of petrol and diesel under the Energy Sector Levies Act (ESLA).

Hon. Yussif Jajah made the call when members of four (4) Parliamentary Select Committees, Works and Housing, Environment Science and Technology,  Local Government and Rural Development as well as Finance paid a working visit to the Kumasi Compost and Recycling Plant at Adagya in the Bosomtwe District of the Ashanti Region on Thursday, April 15, 2021, to familiarize themselves with the operations of the plant.

“I am happy with what I have seen here at the Kumasi compost treatment plant and its heartwarming that similar plants are being replicated across the country”

“This will address the air and environmental pollution associated with landfills. It’s absolutely the way to go,” he noted.

Mr. Jajah also urged Ghanaians to segregate refuse to make the recycling process easier as its being done in developed countries, adding that this will make the recycling process much less cumbersome as compared to the current situation where the company has to do everything from scratch and this he believes add more cost to the recycling process.

The Kumasi Compost and Recycling Plant Limited (KCARP) is a mega-scale Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) treatment facility, set up by the Jospong Group of Companies to receive and process municipal solid waste from the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly and adjoining districts.

The facility receives and processes 2,400 tons of MSW in two daily shifts. Since the commissioning of the facility in September 2020, by H.E Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo and His Royal Majesty Otumfour Osei Tutu II, the facility commenced full operations in October 2020 and has received and processed over 112,500 tons of MSW within the last quarter of 2020 from the Greater Kumasi Area.

The project by Zoomlion Ghana Limited a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies is poised on improving communities to ensure a clean and green environment for all Ghanaians.

The services of the facility include; receiving and processing of MSW to recover recyclable materials. Production and sale of organic compost sale of baled papers, plastics, cans, metal scraps, etc. Production and sale of pelletized plastics. Production and sale of shredded papers and plastics. Laboratory Services for students etc.

By: Ernestina Afake | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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